Rough Theory

Theory In The Rough

Marking Texts

From an email exchange with L Magee, a comment on the impact of marking on everything else one reads at the time:

I find it attractive when someone attempts, and for the most part succeeds, in conveying this kind of syncretic understanding of multiple, in-themselves-complex traditions. Usually not to be emulated of course – it presupposes both impressive scholarship and some brazen arrogance towards not one but multiple “traditions” – since today I’m in belated marking mode, this takes the form of a note in the margins like “Wonderfully impressive scope – but perhaps you’re taking on too much here?”… and then realise the author is not student X but Habermas…

I do this too…

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